Vince's blog

Unitary Authority

When this was first mentioned, I was very interested.  There were many things to go through, and as a WDC we were having loads of issues with the NRC.

On investigations, I can say that our government will want this to happen in the long run, but they have clearly stated that they are not interested until Auckland is completely sorted.  How long will Auckland take to be done?  Well that is still yet to be decided.

Bridge or no bridge

After 4 weeks, 79 people voted on if they would spend $34 million on another bridge to cross the harbour of Whangarei. 76% voted against spending $34 million.

There has been various comments made on Facebook, so I thought I'd summaries some of the facts and get some comments back from you on them.

1/ The proposed additional Harbour crossing is planned to go across the harbour from Pohe Island to Port Road.

Civic Honours for Whangarei 2010

On the 26th of August, the Whangarei District Council announced the latest group of people amongst the community to be awarded Civic Honours.

The List includes:

Archie Dixon

Viv and David Dobson

Ray Palmer

Yvonne Stewart

Each one of these people had showed, and are still showing great works throughout the community.  Their dedication and commitment to the community is just amazing.

Congratulations to you all.

Proposed Liquor Licensing Policy - Review of Submissions 18th August 2010

This was an extra-ordinary Council meeting, orginally planned for the 28th of July at 1pm.  This meeting was postponed as the councillors felt that more consideration was needed before a decision could be made.  Also the recommendations put to council be the staff, none of the Councillors could agree on.

Application to widen State Highway.

The New Zealand Transport Agency, has put an application into the Whangarei District Council to widen the State Highway from Selwyn Ave to Wilson Ave, including the alteration of Mander Park.

This must go through a public submission process, as Mander Park is an area given to the people of Whangarei.

If you want to be heard goto the Whangarei District Council to pick up a submission form, and post in or email your submission back to Council.  Submissions close on the 10th September 2010.

Project Promise Fund Raiser - Chieftan Boat Trip

Project Promise is a major Whangarei/Northland fundraiser.

The project to build an Oncology Facility in Whangarei has been negotiated between the Northland District Health Board (NDHB) and Northland Community Foundation (NCF).

Northland Community Foundation will, through community fundraising, raise funds for the building of the Oncology facility which will primarily be an ambulatory facility for the delivery of chemotherapy treatment and multi-disciplinary outpatient consultations.

Mining Explorations Planned for Northland

Over the last year there has been several media announcements made about the possibilities of mining and the exploration of mining in Northland.

It has come to my attention that some of the Whangarei District Councillors, myself included, have not been informed of deals that have taken place.

Before I go too much further, I need to make it clear that a quarry is a form of mine as most quarries are there to get good rock from the ground to build with, therefore the correct use of our resources is important, so it last for all to enjoy.